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Monday 17 December 2018

'It's fantastic to follow the Dubs' - fans' joy as blues blow Rossies away

Dubs fans Lisa Fallon, Aoife Walsh, Katie Nugent, Leah Butler and Laura Doherty.
Dubs fans Lisa Fallon, Aoife Walsh, Katie Nugent, Leah Butler and Laura Doherty.

The sun shone on Croke Park yesterday as Dublin powered to a 14-point victory against Roscommon in the final round of the Super 8s.

The Dubs had a comfortable afternoon, beating their rivals 4-24 to 2-16.

Eoghan O'Gara scored the second and third goals for the Boys in Blue, with his parents Fergal and Ann looking on proudly from the sidelines.

Speaking about Dublin's chance of taking their fourth All-Ireland in a row, Fergal said things are looking bright.

"The odds are good. It's fantastic to follow the Dubs," he said.

Fergal and Ann O’Gara with granddaughter Ella Banvill O’Gara.
Fergal and Ann O’Gara with granddaughter Ella Banvill O’Gara.

He went on to predict Dublin will face Tyrone in the final.

"I thought Kerry would have a big challenge," he said. "There's more to come from Tyrone, I think. I thought they were very good."

Confident

Lusk man Jason Cromwell (39) was among the Dubs fans enjoying a day out at Croker, and while he thinks next week's match against Galway will be close, he sees Dublin winning.

"They've been going through the motions, building up for the final two weekends. I think we'll have four in a row this year," he said.

Meanwhile, there was a distinct lack of Roscommon jerseys around Croke Park yesterday as fans geared up to watch the match.

"They haven't had a great tournament," said Jason, "but there are plenty of Dubs fans here, that's the main thing. We don't care if there's no Roscommon fans as long as the Dubs are out in force."

Castleknock woman Charlene Murray reckons many Roscommon fans didn't want to make the pilgrimage to Croker.

"I suppose it's the last game of the Super 8s and Roscommon haven't been performing as well as they'd hoped," she told the Herald.

"I don't think people would want to travel, but for the Dubs it's a nice day out in Croke Park. Bring on Galway next week and we'll see what happens."

Like most fans, Charlene reckons it will be no easy feat for the Dubs against Galway, but she's confident a fourth successive All- Ireland title is on the horizon.

"I think number four is on the way," she said.

"Galway will be a tough match, but we'll pip them to the post, definitely."

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